KC Public Library Receives Federal Funding Over $ 850,000
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Public Library has received $ 853,212 from the Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund, which the library will use to purchase more than a thousand laptops and hundreds of Wi -Fi.
The library announced Monday that the funds will increase broadband internet access in the community, according to a statement.
The Federal Communications Commission has announced that the funds will go to 260 library systems and individual libraries. Funding for the Kansas City Public Library was the fourth largest in Wave 1.
The more than $ 850,000 “will be used to purchase 1,200 Chromebooks with built-in 4G LTE and 300 hotspots with unlimited data to complement the library’s current hotspot lending program,” the statement said.
“These additions to library resources will not only keep pace with changing needs created by remote work, but also increase the library’s reach and access to its digital resources,” the statement said. “The new devices will also help extend services previously introduced over the past 18 months to bridge the technology divide felt by students and adults who study and work remotely. “
The ECF is part of the US bailout, which was approved by the US Congress in March, and it was designed to help schools and libraries provide online resources to students, staff, and patrons of the library.